Town loses land suit appeal

STEUBEN — The state Supreme Court has ruled against the town of Steuben in a lawsuit over who has the right to use the Town Landing.

Bayberry Cove Childrens’ Land Trust and Paul and Pauline West maintain they own the landing and beach.

The town argued in Superior Court and before the high court that the public gained permanent access to the landing after years of constant use.

Both courts, however, ruled that the town failed to establish the public had used the road continuously for 20 years and that the town maintained Town Landing Road regularly.

The short narrow road in question connects Rogers Point Road and Wharf Road, where the Bayberry Cove Childrens’ Land Trust has a second and similar issue pending.

The town and Bayberry Cove Childrens’ Land Trust have reached a trial settlement allowing some public use of Wharf Road for two years.

Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]